In June 2014, my world was turned upside down when a doctor said these four words: “You have breast cancer.” I immediately burst into tears. Many questions exploded in my brain: Could I continue dancing? Could I return to NYC where I was a dancer with the Joffrey Concert Group? What kind of treatments would I be undergoing? Would I be able to dance after the treatments?
I got a second opinion and learned my cancer was far more advanced and serious than I was led to believe. I changed doctors and hospitals. Tests ordered by my new doctor showed that my cancer had metastasized to my lymph nodes, sternum, spine, and pelvis. Because my cancer is very aggressive, my new medical team immediately sprang into action and my first treatment began six days later, on July 1st. There will be five more treatments at three week intervals; then surgery to remove the breast, which will be followed by more treatments. There is no cure for breast cancer that has bone metastases. It can be maintained indefinitely with drugs. I am hoping to find clinical trials of new treatments that may help me beat this.
The medical costs of fighting cancer are enormous despite having health insurance. I am on my parents’ family plan which has a high deductible. Because my parents are self-employed, they must purchase insurance on their own. Their income is just over the limit for government subsidies, so the only affordable option has a high deductible along with high out-of-pocket expenses. Unfortunately, the deductible and out-of-pocket expenses start over again every year on January 1st. My cancer treatments will continue into 2016 or until a cure is found. I humbly ask for your support to help pay for my treatment. Please consider donating any amount you can; every dollar will go toward my medical expenses.
I began the Bald Ballerina Facebook page to let family and friends follow my journey. I also wanted to make young women aware that breast cancer can strike anyone at any age, even physically fit young women who follow a healthy lifestyle like I have always done. Since it launched on June 24, 2014, the Bald Ballerina Facebook page has over 6,700 Likes. I am overwhelmed by the numerous prayers and caring messages I have received, many from people I have never met. It means so much that so many people care about me. I would love to have you to follow me on my Bald Ballerina Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram @BaldBallerina.
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